A little time and effort can save you hundreds of pounds compared to high street prices.
These days you can build a very decent gaming PC for far less money than it would cost you to buy one.
Some PC components have gone up in price this year, but you can still make significant savings if you choose to build your own PC rather than buying a pre-built one.
In fact, for less than £300 you can build a great gaming PC that will be able to play all of the latest games on at least medium settings.
I’ll start off by saying that I’m only talking about the base station, not the monitor, keyboard or mouse. I’m going to assume that you already have these.
That being said, if you don’t have them, you can pick up a decent full HD monitor for less than £150, and a basic £10 keyboard and mouse will be sufficient to get you started.
Processor and Motherboard.
Processing power isn’t as important as you’d think for a gaming PC. What’s more important is the graphics card and the amount of memory that you have, but we’ll get to that later.
An AMD processor will prove a lot cheaper than an Intel one, so something like the AMD Athlon II 250 should be fine. This particular processor features two cores, each clocked at 3GHz. A retail version will come with a suitable heatsink and fan, and you should even be able to overclock this processor by 400MHz or so without any issues.
This processor uses an AM3 socket type, so you’d need an AM3 motherboard. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get basic features like a network port, built in sound card or USB 2 ports, so a cheap Asus unit like the M4A78LT-M will be fine.
This motherboard also has a built in graphics card, though we won’t be making use of it. Importantly, though, it uses DDR3 RAM which gives us some degree of future proofing.
At today’s prices, that brings the cost of the motherboard and processor to: £85.48